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that coverage starts at 10:00 p.m. eastern time. we'll have prime time throughout. it's 9:00 p.m. tonight. thanks for inviting us into your home. that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shep: this is the fox report live tonight from charlotte, north carolina. bill clinton, michelle obama and others set the stage. tonight president obama prepares to make his case for reelection. exactly two months ago 'til election day and the stakes could not be higher. the economy, immigration, health care and war. with most polls suggesting this race is a dead heat, the president just hours away from making his pitch to all of us. plus democratic damage control?
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>> it was not intentional. absolutely not. sometimes there are technical corrections. >> shep: party leaders say putting god and jerusalem in their platform is in the past. >> all those delegates in favor eye aye. >> aye. >> all those opposed say no. >> no. >> shep: nobody will say who took it out in the first place. now republicans are weighing in. >> if you've ever seen a demonstration of an obama-led incompetency, it was on that floor yesterday. >> shep: tonight political distractions on the president's big night. but first now, three hours away from president obama's acceptance speech. four years ago, he became the first democrat to win north carolina in more than 30 years. tonight he'll be on the road to try to keep this battle ground state blue. before the president speaks, we'll hear from vice president joe biden. sources say he'll give an inside
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look in how the president made some of the toughest decisions he's faced. we know his vp has a bit a tendency to go off script. but the analysts say they expect him to stick to the teleprompter on a night as big as this one. we're hearing gabby giffords is here in charlotte. her staffers say she'll lead the crowd in the pledge of allegiance later tonight. the main event of this night and this week, for that matter, is president obama's acceptance speech. now we're getting a preview of what he plans to say. according to his campaign, he'll call this election the clearest choice of any time in a generation. he'll also say they tell us, i won't pretend, the path i'm offering is quicker easier. i never have. you didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. you elected me, he will say, to tell you the truth, and the truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. his republican rival, mitt romney, says he does not plan to watch the. but he said what he would like
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the president to say. >> the president needs to report tonight on his promises rather than reset a whole series of new promise that he won't be able to keep. >> shep: of course, the president was supposed to give this speech at bank of america stadium. we're told more than 70,000 people could be there. instead, he'll be here with 20,000, with millions more watching on television. our chief white house correspondent ed henry starts our coverage. what else are we expecting to him say? >> they're fired up here in the crowd. last night they were fired up bill clinton. we're told by the president's aides he wants to pick up the mantle clinton had last night by saying look, it's hard to turn this economy around in four years. the problem is, at the beginning of his time in office, the president said if he didn't turn it around within four years, it would be a one-term situation. now he has to explain what he would do in a second term. so look at the excerpt. one thing he'll say is, quote,
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it will require common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold, persistent, experimentation that franklin roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. by the way, those of us who carry on his party's legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from washington. right there you hear a very direct deal to independent voters saying a government program is not the only solution, shep. >> shep: is the campaign trying to scale back expectations, especially now that this speech is in a different venue? >> absolutely. the president did a conference call today with thousands of supporters, some locked out from the convention because it had to be scaled back from 65,000 over at bank of america stadium to 20,000 over here. what he said on there is don't expect a lot of fanfare from last time. remember 2008 in denver he had 80,000 screaming fans, greek columns. it was grandiose. they're expecting something smaller, but think the intimate setting could help him sell his program. number two, something to watch, he'll hit the campaign trail in
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new hampshire and iowa tomorrow of the something else big is happening tomorrow. new jobs report for august. that could play a big role in whether this is a big bounce, little bounce or no bounce at all, shep. >> shep: all right. ed henry on the floor. thanks for beginning our coverage. chris wallace is with us now on set here on the convention floor. huge night. what's his number one task? >> it's interesting because they feel, the obama camp feels that romney made a big mistake on his final night not getting into more specifics about his plan for the next four years. they say they're not going to make that mistake and in the excerpts, in addition to the rhetoric, they laid out a set. here is the problem. i, a couple of days ago, had read the speech that obama gave in 2008. they let out a set of what they're going to do tonight, it's awfully familiar. for instance, tonight he's going to say, i'm going to cut net oil imports in half by 2020. in 2008 he said, i'm going to end dependence on middle east
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oil by 2018. tonight he's going to say, i'm going to recruit 100,000 math and science teachers. four years ago he said, i'm going to recruit an army of new teachers. so i suspect you're going to hear some republicans and some independent analysts tomorrow saying this is just old wine and new bottles. >> shep: the folks from our "fox business" network and other economic analysts have said these jobs numbers that are going to come out are important. but this late in a campaign season, what's more important is how people feel about themselves and their economy and like that. he can go a long way toward changing how we feel or can he not? >> i wonder. obviously a good speech is better than a bad speech the but i think a lot of people think what they think about the economy and think what they think about disillusion. either the come is bad, and i think everybody thinks it's not very good, that government is part of the solution, or they think excessive government is part of the problem. i think there are real limits to how a president, four years in
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office with a very big record of things positives and negatives, how much he can change those perceptions in 45 minutes. >> shep: we talk a lot about bounces from these in the polls from these conventions. there is any indication that mitt romney didn't get much of a bounce. we don't know whether there will be one here or not. i wonder if it matters long-term because how long does a bounce last when news cycles don't last but an hour and a half? >> we talked to bill clinton's and barak obama's chief pollster yesterday and he said this whole idea of convention bounces is kind of outdated. he said this campaign began in april. the general election campaign after romney secured the republican nomination. they've been at it for several months. the conventions used to be the start of the fall campaign. now it's another sign post during the campaign. he said, i don't think the republicans got much of a bounce and i think we're -- we're not going to get much of a bounce. >> shep: they would like to create excitement within their own party. they've said from the very beginning, don't expect what we
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had in 2008. but is it your sense that this sort of thing can build the kind of excitement that any campaign, republican, democrat, otherwise, needs? >> well, a lot of people say that barak obama's toughest challenge tonight is not how he matches up against mitt romney. it's how he matches up against barak obama in 2008, for those of us who were there in denver, i mean. >> that a magical night. the whole idea of hope and change. now he's got his promise is, i'll do it in four more years. the candidate of hope and >> you don't know how hard i had to fight to get here to be on set.
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>> shep: i appreciate your efforts. i wonder if that will end up translating? >> you know, i think that's the kind of things we hear. i don't think that the question is to whether he gave it in an arena or stadium is going to make any difference. we were all talking about the eastwood convention a week ago. now it's a footnote. >> shep: do you bring up mitt romney if you're barak obama tonight or do you leave that to joe biden and bill clinton? >> no, no, no, i think you want to make the choice. from what weigh hear, he's going to make the choice. he said, if i'm elected, here is where i'm going to take the country. if you vote for mitt romney, here is where he will take it. i think he'll be lighter on the slash and burn. but he's got make it clear this is a choice. that's their whole idea. they don't want a referendum on obama's record. they want a choice. maybe we're not so great, but look at the other guy. >> shep: chris wallace, great to see you. thank you. >> you bet. >> shep: new fallout overt dnc platform changes. coming up, you'll hear from both sides about that decision to make changes on god and jerusalem. that's ahead from the journalist of fox news.
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are safe and clean for our communities and the environment. we're america's natural gas. >> shep: there is still a loft uncertainty about exactly what happened with the democratic party's platform. last night we watched as the democrats voted on whether to reinstate language about god and about jerusalem being the capital of israel. the party had removed those references from the 2012 platform when officials held a voice vote to put the reference to god and jerusalem back in, it took three tries and left questions about whether they even got the majority they needed. >> i'll do that one more time. all those delegates in favor, say aye. >> aye. >> all those delegates opposed, say no. >> no! >> in the opinion of the chair, two-thirds voted in the affirmative, the motion is adopted.
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>> shep: jumped all over that. >> they struggled for almost an hour with three votes trying to put god back into their platform. if you've ever seen a demonstration of an obama-led incompetency, it was on that floor yesterday. this crowd can't run a one-car funeral. they can't manage a lemonade stand and they certainly have screwed up the presidency. >> shep: today president obama's deputy campaign manager told fox news the president had not read the platform before officials submitted it. and she said as soon as he learned of these changes, the president took action. >> when he found out about these two things, they were under any circumstances, they were a mistake. and he said we got to fix it. and he directed his staff to go and fix that yesterday. >> shep: stephanie cutter also said she didn't know whose idea it was in the first place to remove the language. unsurprisingly, nobody jumped forward to take credit for that one.
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john roberts was outside the arena. what more do we know about how all this happened? >> we've got some answers for you. we still don't know how god got out of the preamble, but i have information about jerusalem got out. i spoke with former congressman who headed up one of the platform writing committees. he told me there was a couple of meetings at which the language to the jerusalem and middle east plank of the platform was developed. he said the platform committee wanted to do was it want to do find something to focus on the president's policies as president. as candidate, he said jerusalem is and always will be. but as president, he can't say that publicly. so they wanted something that would more closely flect that. he said at no point did someone raise their hand and say should we take it out. he said in hindsight, nobody could say it was the smartest thing to have a platform like that. >> shep: the buildings was not filled with delegates. it was early in the process.
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but there were a lot of boos among those who were in here. who was most upset? >> the people who were most upset were arab american preliminaries, particularly in michigan and washington. they thought they were being railroaded in this vote. we saw that this didn't sound like they got a two-thirds vote they needed and they thought they weren't being listened to. here is james zogby. >> it's the procedure that bothered me. i think that it would bother a lot of delegates on the floor. and i think it was embarrassing for the president and i think it was embarrassing to the party. it shouldn't have happened the way it happened. >> now we learn tonight that the palestinians in the middle east are upset about this. and it was said by putting that language back in, not recognizing the palestinian's historic claim, they torpedoed the peace process. shep, this is going up and up and up every day. >> shep: john roberts live with us from the floor.
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thanks. many of you may have heard all the commotion that began just as john roberts began his reporting of the you'll be surprised to know they were not really cheering him at the moment. instead, they were cheering the fact that the delegates had just nominated vice president biden for a second term as vice president. now they're watching a video and we will continue with the news as political analysts say tens of millions of people are expected to tune in for the president's speech this evening. next we'll hear from republican mitt romney on why he says he won't be one of them. plus, vice presidential nominee paul ryan on the campaign trail keeping up his attacks on the president himself. a live report when fox report continues tonight live from charlotte.
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>> shep: continuing coverage now
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from the democratic national convention. the opposition, republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan kept up his criticism of the president today at a rally in colorado springs. he said president obama's leadership has fallen woefully short. >> you know, by any measurement when president obama came into office, he inherited a tough situation. by the way, that's pretty much what we all hear from charlotte. here is the problem, he didn't make us better off! >> shep: democrats argue the president has created millions and millions of jobs. he needs just more time to get the economy back on track. campaign carl cameron with the news is live in manchester, new hampshire. governor romney says he's not planning to watch the president's speech this evening. >> no. and he suggested that the reason was that he just had no faith in any of the words from the president would reflect promises kept. instead he said it would likely be more promises broken. he made a stop today and here is what he said. >> if i heard or if the excerpts put out i hear the president is going report on the promises he
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made and how he has performed to those promises, i'd love to watch it. but if it's another series of propses he's not going to keep, i have no interest in seeing them. >> i asked him yesterday if he wasn't curious about watching the opposition at all. he said he hadn't watched any of the convention and didn't plan to watch anymore of it. >> shep: what about his running mate? >> paul ryan out in colorado springs this amp was very quick to make reference to alt controversy at the democratic national convention, as you saw there in that opening sound bite from him. this particular case was about their omission and then reininclusion of god in the party's platform. watch. >> then they cut references to god out of their platform. they reversed course on that one yesterday. it wasn't really a popular reversal, if you watched it on the tv. but to quote a prominent journalist from wisconsin, they were against god before they were for him.
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>> the republicans aren't letting go of it, this is the biggest gift they could have gotten it eclipsed a lot of reviews for bill clinton's speech and not the best lead in for the president's speech tonight. >> shep: carl cameron live, thank you. the russian president, putin, says his country will work together with which ever president the american people elect. but called president obama an honest person who really wants to make good changes. and he called governor romney's criticism of russia mistaken. in an interview broadcast on russian television, president putin expressed concern that if mitt romney does win election, the antimissile shield that the united states is deploying over europe would definitely be directed against russia. romney campaign staffers said they have no comment on putin's statement. in any case, after putin offered his views on the political dynamic, he dressed up as a crane, hopped into a motorized hang glider.
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it was for a project to teach migration to endangered siberian white cranes. we're two hours away from vice president joe biden taken to the stage in char l. as we've seen in the past, he request be, well, unpredictable. we'll get a preview of what he plans to say and a look back at some of his memorable comments, plus just hours after president obama's speech, the feds are set to release the august jobs numbers. tonight what the experts are predicts and what it all might mean for the president. that's coming up as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news live from charlotte, north carolina where the foo fighters have just taken the big stage. ♪
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♪ i lost my way ♪ getting good at starting over every time that i return ♪ ♪ i'm learning to walk again ♪ i believe i've waited long enough ♪ ♪ so i began learning to talk again ♪ ♪ . >> shep: foo fighters robbing the democratic national convention tonight. the lights are down, there is a blue light all over the building. and it is loud in here tonight. i wonder -- didn't even have to pay for this. foo fighters for free. just about 2 1/2 hours now, the
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main event actually happens here. but before president obama accepts the party nomination, his running mate, joe biden, will take the podium. according to campaign advisors, the vice president's speech is to focus on white, middle class voters that the democratic ticket badly needs to win this election. as we know, the vice president has been known to go off script from time to time. mike emmanuel does the same thing occasionally. what are we expecting tonight? >> vice president biden expected to give essentially perspective of what it's like to be at president obama's side when he's made his decisions. such as considering the risks of the obama -- osama bin laden raid and also what it was like -- what they should do in terms of rescuing the auto industry. he's expected to try and fire up the crowd with lines like this one. >> they call their plan new? they call the bold and they call it gutsy. but the neighborhood i come
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from, there is nothing gutsy about giving a millionaire another tax break. >> vice president biden is known for that plain spoken english which connects with a lot of people in small towns. >> shep: when you're ad libbing and trying to be plain spoken, sometimes, i don't know, your foot ends up in there. i think sometimes the vice president would admit that. >> no question about that. he's certainly had his share of moments when he's relaxed, ad libbing, well, sometimes moments like this happen. >> the timeless advice from teddy roosevelt, speak softly and carry a big stick. end of quote. i promise you, the president has a big stick. >> now, if there is a gaffe, per say, tonight, the odds are it won't get much attention because, of course, the main speaker tonight, the man of the night is president obama.
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so mr. there may be a break there. he also may try to stay scripted on the teleprompter to avoid any slipups, shep. >> shep: he might. president clinton did not do that last night. >> no, he vamped quite a great deal. we were following along with his prepared transcript and he were like, where did that line come from? he was in his element, very comfortable. clearly enjoying the moment of trying to basically be the closer to come in and try to help president obama get another four years. >> shep: you said he vamped. you know the true blood season is over. you'll have to wait for next september. >> fair enough. >> shep: thank you. tomorrow's big jobs report could put cold water on tonight's festivities or elevate it even more. we do have new evidence the economy may be on the rebound. according to the labor department, first time jobless claims fell below 375,000 last week. economists say if that number consistently stays below 375, it's a sign employers are hiring at a pace that could ultimately lower the unemployment rate,
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which everybody wants. most analysts agree we're stuck in a very slow recovery. unemployment rate has not gone below 8% since early 2009. of course, millions of americans are still out of work. millions more underemployed. tomorrow the government releases its monthly jobs report. that will likely give us a clearer picture of where the economy stands at least right now. peter barns is live with us here in charlotte. what are we companying out of these jobs numbers tomorrow and what have analysts told us? >> economists estimate that the economy created about 125,000 jobs in august and unemployment rate remains at 8.3%. republicans say that is not good enough and they are ready to pounce. >> range around 100,000, that's a level that doesn't even keep pace with population growth. so i think the challenge for the president is that for all the rhetoric that we're going to see tonight, we're going to face
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reality tomorrow. >> shep, it takes about 200 to 250,000 new jobs a month to start to really grind down that high unemployment rate. shep. >> shep: do we have any idea what the level of concern is at the white house, especially within the campaign in chicago over these numbers? >> well, listen, the white house is always very concerned about these numbers, especially if there is a bad one tomorrow and they will be ready with an answer. take a listen. >> i don't think you can take one number and say that is the direction. we have had for the first six months about a million jobs in the private sector as far as gains. i remember there was one month of zero. that had a revision of up 85,000. >> typically the president gets a briefing on the jobs report a day before the report comes out. so it is likely the president already knows what the number
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for tomorrow will be. shep. >> shep: we might be able to listen for nuance to get other indications about this jobs situation? >> absolutely. if he got the number and it's bad, he might be tweaking his speech a little bit right now. >> shep: never know. peter barns, live on the floor. thank you. incredible doings on wall street. an enormous boost for our 401(k)s. in fact, one of the major stock market indexes hit a 12-you're high today after europe took new steps to try to fix its own economic mess. huge numbers. nasdaq up 67 points. to close at the highest level since november of the year 2000. and the dow hit its highest close since late in the year 2007. it was up 245 today toned the day just below 13,300. look at the s & p, up 29 points. that, too, four-year high. all of this came after the
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president of europe's central bank introduced a new program to buy government bonds from struggling nations with no limits on how much the bank can take in. that's the key. analysts called the plan a potential game changer. the world can hope of the we're learning more about the behind the scenes talks between president obama and top congressional leaders from both parties. soon after the u.s. fell into the recession. it's all in a new book called "the price of politics" from the journalist, bob woodward. remember, he and carl birdstein wrote about the investigation into the watergate scandal in "all the president's men," which later became an oscar winning movie. this new book hits shelves next week and jim angle has an advance copy and live in dc. >> two weeks before inauguration, president obama went to the hill to say he want add stimulus package. he asked for everyone's ideas and many said the atmosphere for bipartisan cooperation was sincere on all sides.
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but then the president went his own way as the book puts it. president obama and his advisors, quote, believe that government spending could create jobs and grow the economy. while republicans believe that helping small business would create more jobs. three days after inauguration, the new president called congressional leaders to the white house. republican eric cantor came with a list of proposals, including immediate reduction in the two lowest individual income tax rates, a tax reduction of 20% on small businesses, and making unemployment benefits tax free among other things. now the president rejected cantor's ideas and according to the book, rubbed it in, saying, quote, elections have consequences and eric, i won. conservative democrats were also iffy, so democratic leaders nancy pelosi and senator harry reid were working on changes to win them over. president obama called, he was put on speaker phone and told them their efforts would save the economy. pelosi and reid thanked him, but
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then he launched into a speech, she hit the mute but then and democrats went back to work, leaving the president speaking into the ozone. the stimulus eventually passed, but without a single republican vote. eric cantor later surprised surprise as the books says, at, quote, how badly the white house had played what should have been a winning hand, though obama won the vote, cantor thought, he had unified and energized the losers. so at the outset of his term, mr. obama succeeded in squandering any good didwill and cooperating with the republicans. >> shep: jim, thank you. the pentagon is reportedly falling way behind on its legal duty to make voting easier for u.s. troops overseas and now a military voting advocate says the election could mark an all-time low for troop participation. details coming up. fox reports live from the democrat national convention in charlotte. south carolina representative james cliburn is taking to the stage and just beginning. he's the number three democrat in the house.
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he was supposed to speak on tuesday, but they rescheduled tonight. he's the only south carolinaian scheduled to speak during this three-day convention. representative james cliburn, streaming live at foxnews.com. >> president obama has led candle after candle bringing our country out from the darkness of recession. only to see republicans douse the flames and amuse themselves, cursing the darkness. the romney-ryan republicans, however yes i do. i want you to keep this. it'd be weird. take care. you too. [ sighs ] so how did it go? he's upset. [ male announcer ] spend less time at gas stations. with best in class fuel economy. it's our most innovative altima ever. ♪
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>> shep: voter turnout among america he's armed force may be way down this year. that's the word from the military voter protection project. it reports only half of u.s. military bases around the world have voting assistance offices. they were supposed to be open two years ago under a federal law. eric sean in new york city there tonight. >> voting my webs of the military could be cut by as much as one third. the reason?
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the number of absentee ballots requested by members of the military, so far dramatically down, they say, according to the military voter protection project. they say in the crucial swing state of ohio, 3.3% of eligible military voters have so far requested ballots as of a week and a half ago. north carolina and virginia both are under 2%. in 2009, congress passed the military and overseas voter empowerment act. that was supposed to help smooth the process for them to vote. but critics question whether that is really being properly carried out. >> it was supposed to make it easier for service members to register and request an absentee ballot and ultimate participate. so with the numbers, it raised serious questions for us not only about whether our service members will have their voices heard on election day, but more importantly, whether that important federal law was actually implemented. >> but the head of the pentagon's voting program claims military voting assistance has
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never been better. she cites the ways to get the information out to the troops, such as social media and the voting assistance offices. >> we're committed to evaluating all of the tools in our arsenal, full, to include those offices to determine what are the most effective things going forward, what are the best ways to reach our be a septemberee voters. we will work with the congress and with all affected stake holders, including the services, to continue to take a look at that and refine the way in which we conduct outreach to absentee voters. >> more of the law requires that balances must be mailed by local election boards at least 45 days before the election. that deadline is really quickly approaching, just about two weeks from now, shep. >> shep: eric shaun, thanks very much. up on the big stage here at the dnc in charlotte is carey washington. she'll be joined by the actress, scarlet johansson and a lot of smiles with the crew members. mike emmanuel is here.
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a lot of entertainment. >> you can imagine if we were in the 70,000-seat stadium and you had the foo fighters stadium what, would have done for young volunteers who won tickets. they're changing slightly, but you still have a taste of hollywood. some diversity with carey washington, eva longoria will speak, make it cool, get people excited to build up to the final closing argument, which is the president of the united states. it's kind of been a three-prong approach the the first lady kind of reintroduce the president to the american people. you have bill clinton address any disappointment out there, and now you've got the president in his own words tonight trying to close the transaction. >> shep: timing is so important because they want to make sure to reach prime time audiences on the broadcast networks, which will be joining, including the fox broadcast network tonight. that starts at 10:00 o'clock eastern, 9 central. and just a few minutes after that, the vice president is scheduled to begin. then the president. they want everything wrapped up by 11:00 o'clock, or shortly thereafter. >> that's a tall order.
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>> we've seen they've had some timing issues. they've been behind schedule and the folks at home don't necessarily know that. >> shep: they do if they stayed up for president clinton last night. >> absolutely. if you want to hit the prime time audience u got to be on time or pretty close to on time. otherwise you risk losing people as they go to bed on the east coast or do something else elsewhere in the country. >> shep: reorchestrating all of this to move it from there to here was not only expensive and complicated, but very difficult timing wise. it's my understanding. >> that's what i've heard as well. that it was quite a huge ordeal, that it's been months setting up for the stadium. they've to reconfigure foo fighters, let's see what the rest of the show. >> shep: i bet it's good. and free. mike emmanuel, thank you. one obama campaign official tells us that tonight is, quote, not about magic: we'll take a look how the president's big speech might take on a different tone from his 2008 address, that's coming up as fox news
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continuing coverage of the democratic national convention makes way for mr. bill o'reilly in 13 minutes.
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>> your voice is heard. [ applause ] over the last two days, we've been reminded of something that perhaps we forgot. what has been accomplished and what is at stake, whether we can get health care, afford college, be guaranteed equal pay, all of these. >> shep: scarlet johansson speaking at the democratic national convention, urging young people saying, i'm not going to tell you who to vote for. just commit to vote. the obama campaign reports president obama spent a good part of the day today in his hotel here in charlotte putting the finishing touches on
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tonight's nomination things, tweaking thins here and there and consulting with advisors. the speech is expected to cover a wide range of topics. the question now is whether the president will still be able to grab viewers and voters the way he's done so successfully in the past. our correspond sent james rosen on the floor here in charlotte. james? >> shep, good evening, four years ago after his acceptance speech, barak obama was hailed as perhaps the most gifted orator of his age. more recently the most memorable performance he turned in may have been at the memorial event that was held in tucson after the shooting of gabrielle giffords and 18 other victims. of course, that was 20 months ago. senior advisors to the obama campaign cautioned me tonight is not going to be about magic. but they predicted a big night none the less. >> you'll hear the specifics of giving middle class families the security they need and deserve in this economy. but look, i think he's gog give a great speech. i think the roof will blow off of this place.
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>> in his last ten speeches before big crowds, the president averaged a total running time of 24 minutes. in his infrequent news conferences over the last two years, that average running time has doubled to 44 minutes. some conservatives analysts believe that mr. obama as a speaker has long profited from people projecting on to him. >> barak obama is -- workman also like in his speeches. he heart these sort of phrases and phrasing in his speeches that i think people read into as being far more impresssive. he's one of these guys that i think the next day when you read it, it's fairly lack luster. >> aides to the obama-biden ticket told me today they thought mitt romney's speech back in tampa was about two people, himself and barak obama. and by contrast, they said his speech will be addressed to people tuning into the heartland, in places like des moines, iowa.
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>> shep: james rosen live tonight. thanks. former president clinton playing the campaign in the battle ground state of ohio and florida next week. that's according to the reporting of the associated press. of course, president clinton last night gave a rousing speech in support of the president here at the dnc. president clinton has said he will campaign extensively for the democratic ticket in the fall. more from charlotte coming up on the final night of the democratic national convention. we're a few minutes from mr. bill o'reilly and gabrielle giffords who expected to recite the pledge of allegiance here, that's coming up i'm freaking out man.
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you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums [ male announcer ] tums smoothies. >> shep: president obama set to speak on the final night of the democratic national convention. will take the stage in a couple of hours to tell american voters why they should reelect him. according to the excerpts, the president will say, among other things, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. over the next few years, big decisions will be made in washington, on jobs and the economy, taxes and deficits, energy and education, war and peace. decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come. the first lady, michelle obama, is slate to do introduce her husband. she spoke on the convention opening night. the vice president joe biden seen here, is also scheduled to accept his nomination.
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his son formerly nominated him 45 minutes ago. democratic party officials say this will be the first time since 1994 that the presidential and vice presidential candidates are delivering their speeches on the same evening. a special treat in store as well. former congressman gabby giffords is go about to take the stage now to recite the pledge of allegiance. let's watch. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, accompanied by congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz, to lead us in the pledge of allegiance. [ cheers and applause ]
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[ cheers and applause ] >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with
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liberty and justice for all. [ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ]